Apple Cinnamon Cake

Is it fall yet? Cuz it sure feels like it!

Fall is my favorite season and from now on in my household, I declare it fall! That means more cuddles, tea with most meals and deserts best served warm-like my apple cinnamon cake.

This cake is super fluffy and goes so well with ice cream! Let me know if you try this recipe! 🙂 Enjoy. 

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract, (optional)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or cake flour)
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a baking pan and set aside.
  2.  In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add the apples and toss making sure the apples are coated with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.IMG_0277
  3.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until it’s all combined.  Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together.  Add dry mixture to creamed mixture alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour mixture. Make sure it’s all combined.
  4. Pour in half of the batter into the baking pan; then top with a layer of the apple mixture and press gently into the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the apple layer and the top it off with the remaining apple mixture and gently press in.IMG_0278
  5. Bake for 54 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool and serve (best when it’s warm) 
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Sugar Cookies

Happy Monday!!!

If you’ve got the Monday blues say ‘I’. IIIIIIII

Hopefully these sugar cookies should SWEETEN up your day ><

They are very easy to make but they take about 2 and a half hours because of refrigerating the dough. So while they’re cooling, you can relax, have a bath, have some wine, maybe go for a jog… The sky is the limit (for two or more hours).

Dough chilling in the refrigerator
Dough chilling in the refrigerator

They are really fluffy, soft and melt in your mouth. Perfect for a night in after work.

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Hearts and MIttens 🙂



Here’s the receipe! ENJOY ❤

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

METHOD:

  1. Mix the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the applesauce and vanilla and continue to mix until combined.
  2. Add flour and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Mold and divide the dough into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. (I refrigerated mine overnight because I got too lazy—if you do this, give them five minutes to get a little soft outside of the fridge before you go right into rolling if you don’t want sore arms the next day)
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle a flat surface with flour to roll the dough. Unwrap one of the discs and sprinkle flour.
  6. Roll the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thickness and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Hello and happy Tuesday!! 2/5ths done the work week but who’s counting right? (HAHA..~not me~)

Well I’m glad to be home. Today was a regular work day filled with its ups and downs so getting home to my shows is really, really exciting!

I know I’m not alone when I say I love to munch or sip on something while watching TV but I’m tired of the regular- chips, popcorn, leftovers, the list goes on. So I decided to shake things up a little bit with these pretzel bites.

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These are perfect for any occasion- potlucks, movie parties, brithdays, or even a night in like today. And who doesn’t like soft pretzels???? I mean come on! They come from heaven (or someone who is really good in the kitchen- so really, the same thing).

Anyways, here’s the recipe! Hope you enjoy 😀

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons golden yellow sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda mixed with 1 1/8 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse sea salt

METHOD:

  1. Mix the water, sugar, baking soda-lemon mixture, and butter in the medium sized bowl until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour to the water mixture and mix with dough hook on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 30 seconds. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  3. Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Bring the 12 cups of water to a boil in a small pan over high heat and carefully add the baking soda very slowly as it will boil over.
  6. Line a baking sheet with foil or oil spray.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches for about 30 seconds/ batch. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 19 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating.

*You can dip these in cheese sauce, honey, or toss them in sugar and cinnamon as I did.

Caramel Nutella Cookie Bombs

Hello hello! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been a very hectic two weeks but my life has finally fallen back into place and I think I can relax and bake yummy things now 🙂

Last time I made banana nutella popsicles and I haven’t used the nutella since. So I figured I’d make another nutella recipe!

These have literally goodness oozing from them. Nutella, caramel, chocolate chips, cocoa…literally a dream! These cookies are the bomb! 😉 (see what I did there?)

These are really soft on the inside and more crunchy on the outsides ❤

I’m literally raving over these. They are just so good. LIke????!

Anyways, making this was messy. I’m not gonna lie! You have to get in with your hands but it’s so worth it.

During the preparation, I used a end of a spoon instead of my finger like #4 in the directions suggest. It’s just easier because my nails are long. (I know it’s bad kitchen etiquette but contrary to popular belief, I have a life outside of my kitchen)

This is what they looked like raw:

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So essentially, I rolled the dough into a ball, made a hole in the dough, filled the hole with nutella and caramel syrup then covered the top with a flat piece of dough.

The nutella and syrup don’t exactly explode in your mouth but they are a nice surprise every time!

Anyways, here’s the recipe 🙂

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup nutella

½ cup of caramel syrup

 

Directions:

  1. Line a cookie pan with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350F (175C)
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When it’s melted, take the pan off the heat and stir in the brown sugar and eggs. Then add the cocoa, salt and baking powder and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the flour and stir until no even; then stir in the chocolate chips. Note that the mixture will be very thick so you might want to use your hands instead of a spoon or mixer.
  4. Take 1 heaped tbsp of dough, use your finger make a large indentation the centre of the dough; fill the indentation with a small blob of nutella and top it up with some caramel syrup. Top with a flattened tablespoon of dough, and seal the edges.
  5. Do this for each cookie and bake for 10 minutes.